Embark on an exploration tour of one of the best pagodas in Vietnam on this full-day tour. Additionally, you will experience a relaxing bike ride through the terraced rice fields and villages around the Pagodas. Also, you will visit an ancient village in the Red River delta known as, "Hoian of Red River Delta." You will also love to dine with the locals on a home-hosted lunch break at one of the houses in the village.
In the morning, we will take a one hour drive to Tay Phuong, one of the most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of the hill, this pagoda is very famous about the collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from the 17th century and unique architecture. Then take 45 minutes bike ride the rural area nearby the Pagoda through green rice field, local villages. This is the great chances for you to discover the daily life activities in the Red River Delta, interact with local people and feel the real atmosphere of rural area. After that, back to the car for driving to the ancient village of Duong Lam, the place so called “Hoi An of the Red River Delta” as still preserve many hundred-year-old houses constructed by laterite stone – the unique material just can be found in this area. That is the reason why Duong Lam also has the name “The laterite ancient village”. Upon arrival, take the pleasant walk by the gate of the village to Mong Phu Communal House. This is one of the very few village gates still remained intact locates by the old Banyan Tree as the typical image of the village in the Red River Delta.
After visiting the Communal House, just take a seat at the tea house nearby and enjoy some local fresh green tea and special candy made from sticky rice flake. This is the oldest Tea House in Vietnam as the villagers made use of the spare material from constructing the Communal House to build this Tea House from 400 years ago. Then our guide will take you to walk along some small alleys in the village. The village has constructed a very special system of alleys in “fishbone” style that every single alley comes to a dead end for the security reason. That could be the reason why many families in the village still using the old gate with the handle from outside to help the guests open the gate themselves. The walk will be concluded by the visit of the most beautiful ancient house in the village of Mr. Huyen family and enjoy the authentic home-hosted lunch prepared by hospitable people in his family.
After lunch, we will take another bike ride in the rural area around the village that lead you to green rice field, the interesting resting house had been constructed hundred years ago for people working on the field to rest in the shade and breeze in the hot summer day. You also can visit the thousand-year-old tree line that had been recognized as Heritage Trees in Vietnam before coming back to the village for the drive back to Hanoi. Return to the city in the late afternoon. Tour Concluded.